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May 7, 2011
Bernice Volkens

Mother's Day will be here next Sunday and time to sit back and enjoy that special day. It is always a time for some marvelous reflections. Our twin boys made their appearance on Mother's Day so every year we not only celebrate Mother's Day but Kent and Kevin's birthdays. Craig's birthday is also in May and our grandson, Sean also has one too. Then our daughter also will be celebrating her 35th wedding anniversary in a few weeks. Yes, May is a wonderful month.

I look forward to the cards and I wonder if my kids read the messages inside. Some will make me cry and it seems all the messages seem to epitomize the "perfect" mom. Which makes me wonder if I have been the "perfect" mom to my five children. All I know, I like and approve all of them. Every parent makes mistakes and I'm sure I made my share. Too often children focus on what Mom didn't do, instead of what she did. Also through the years Mom is the one who bore the responsibility for just about everything that went "wrong" with her children. We did wake up to the realization that Dad also had an important and equally important role.

In many ways, we end up raising our children the way our mom raised us. I remember my mom's words coming out of my mouth and so many times I hear my words being repeated to my grandchildren. I think we all remember our mother's saying:

* Because I said so.

* How do you know you don't like it until you tried it.

* Keep your feet off the furniture.

* Close the door, were you born in a barn.

*You'll have to go outside to do that.

* Walk! Don't run.

* Don't stand there with the refrigerator door open.

* No, you're not the only one around here who ever does anything.

* Have you washed your hands ?

* Have you brushed your teeth ?

* I don't care who started it. Stop it !

* Shut that thing off, it's past your bed time.

I could probably think of a dozen more of these familiar words, but we're better persons because of them, aren't we ?

This is one of my mom's favorite recipes I'd like to share with you.


1 can (20 oz.) pineapple


1 can (11 oz.) mandarin


1 package (3.4 oz.)

instant lemon pudding

1 cup quartered


1 cup sliced ripe bananas

Drain pineapple and oranges, reserving liquid. Prepare pudding using liquid from the fruit in place of milk. In a bowl, combine pineapple, oranges and strawberries, gently fold in pudding. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add bananas just before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

So here's to you .... all mothers!

"Happy Mother's Day"



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